NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops, consisting of two GeForce GTX 680M. Each card has a 28nm GK104 core based on the Kepler architecture. Compared to the desktop GeForce GTX 670, the GTX 680M also features 1344 CUDA cores, but the mobile counterpart operates at reduced core and memory clock speeds (720/1800MHz vs 915-980/3004MHz). The clocks for the SLI-setup are identical. With SLI, each card usually renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are still expected to be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are of similar speed to one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast). PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.

Performance

The graphics performance of the GeForce GTX 680M SLI is on the same level as the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire, thus making both the fastest mobile solution as of summer 2012. In our Benchmarks, the 680M SLI is just marginal in front. The GPUs have enough power to run games of 2012 fluently with Full HD resolution, maxed out graphical settings and antialiasing. Even extremely demanding titles like Metro 2033, Alan Wake or Risen 2 are playable at the highest detail settings.

Features

The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 680M SLI should double compared to a single GTX 680M. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can handle the heat.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI is a high-end graphics solution for laptops based on the two GTX 675M graphic cards in SLI mode. With SLI, each card usually renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

The GeForce GTX 675M SLI supports the same features as a single GTX 675M card. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in a 40nm fabrication process at TSMC. Technically, the GTX 675M (SLI) is completely identical to the GTX 580M (SLI).

GF114 architecture

The GF114 core is a power-optimized version of the GF104 (used in the GTX 485M), but with no architectural changes. Therefore, the performance per MHz stays the same. Nvidia, however, was able to clock the shaders higher while still remaining in the same power envelope. The GTX 675M offers all 384 shader cores in the GF114. More information on the similar GF104 architecture can be found on the GeForce GTX 485M page.

Performance

Due to the higher clock speeds, the GeForce GTX 675M SLI is faster than the GTX 485M SLI an as fast as the GTX 580M SLI. Demanding games like Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Dirt 3 or even Metro 2033 can be played in 1920x1080 with maximum details and most Antialiasing features enabled.

Features

Similar to the older GF104 chip, the GF114 also supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. That means it can transfer, for example, Dolby True HD or DTS-HD bitstream without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GTX 675M offers the PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and is therefore able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). 

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GTX 675M can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can a fast CPU. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX (e.g., supported by Mafia 2 or Metro 2033). As two 675M are used for the SLI combination, one card alone can be used for PhysX and the other for rendering the game graphics.

3D Vision enables the laptop to send 3D content (3D games, 3D Web Streaming, 3D photos, 3D Blu-Rays) to a built-in 3D enabled screen or an external 3D TV (only if supported by the laptop manufacturer).

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 675M is in the same region as the old GTX 580M, which is supposedly about 100 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory). Therefore, the SLI system needs up to 200 Watt using both cards. Without load, the performance is clocked at 50/100 MHz (chip/shader) in 2D mode and 200/400 in 3D mode to save power. Furthermore, a single card can be deactivated to save power.

The similar desktop GeForce GTX 580 is based on the GF110 chip and much faster in comparison. Therefore, the 675M is more closely related to the GeForce GTX 560Ti, the latter of which is still faster due to higher clock speeds.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLINVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 600M Series
GeForce GTX 680M SLI 2688 @ 720 MHz2x 256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 680MX (compare) 1536 @ 720 MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 675M SLI 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 680M (compare) 1344 @ 720 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI (compare) 1920 @ 600 MHz2x 192 Bit @ 2800 MHz
GeForce GTX 675MX (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 675M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 670MX (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz192 Bit @ 2800 MHz
GeForce GTX 670M (compare) 336 @ 598 MHz192 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 660M (compare) 384 @ 835 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
GeForce GTX 680M SLI 2688 @ 720 MHz2x 256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 680MX (compare) 1536 @ 720 MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 675M SLI 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 680M (compare) 1344 @ 720 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI (compare) 1920 @ 600 MHz2x 192 Bit @ 2800 MHz
GeForce GTX 675MX (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
GeForce GTX 675M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 670MX (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz192 Bit @ 2800 MHz
GeForce GTX 670M (compare) 336 @ 598 MHz192 Bit @ 3000 MHz
GeForce GTX 660M (compare) 384 @ 835 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameN13E-GTXN12E-GTX2
ArchitectureKeplerFermi
2688 - 768 -
Core720 MHz620 MHz
Memory3600 MHz3000 MHz
Bus2x 256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2x 4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology28 nm40 nm
FeaturesOptimus, SLI, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV PlayOptimus, SLI, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Size
Introduced04.06.2012 06.01.2011
Shader1240 MHz
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 108274     avg: 108565     median: 108565 (1998%)     max: 108856 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 32059     avg: 32434     median: 32434 (1009%)     max: 32809 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
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Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
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SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.9 points (152%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.9 points (134%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
194.1  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
82.6  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
59  fps
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Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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2012
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134  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
109  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
134.2  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
131.7  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
102.2  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
108.5  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
85.3  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
106.6  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
73.9  fps
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
233  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
157.3  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
127.7  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
87.2  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
165.8  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
169  fps
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100%
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
158.8  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
115.2  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
103.3  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
65.6  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
166  fps
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142  fps
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105  fps
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Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
120.1  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
120  fps
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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104  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
86  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
283.4  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
136.9  fps
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Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
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100.2  fps
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100%
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
100.1  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
92.5  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
102.7  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
95.4  fps
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
99.5  fps
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
159.7  fps
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100%
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
132.5  fps
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100%
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
46.5  fps
GeForce GTX 680M SLI:
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